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December 12, 2014
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Ten Popular Business Videos of 2014

Guest speakers, alumni, and students share insights on entrepreneurship, innovation, technology, and more.

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December 5, 2014
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Kathryn Shaw: Big Box Stores Pay Higher Wages Than You Think

A new study compares pay scales at chain stores to mom and pop shops.

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December 12, 2014
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How Do You Stay Competitive When You’ve Lost Your Patent?

An industrial mixer company combines product and process innovation.

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December 11, 2014
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Five Things You Should Know About Risk

From outer space to the boardroom, risk is all around us.

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December 15, 2014
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UT Bank Ghana CEO on Entrepreneurial Passion and His Biggest Firing Mistake

Prince Kofi Amoabeng explains how he went from the timber business to upending Ghana's industry of small business loans.

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December 10, 2014
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Itamar Simonson: What Influences Shoppers?

Researchers revisit a longheld marketing concept about how product placement impacts purchases.

Stanford Business magazine

Without risk takers, there would be little innovation, progress, or fun. That’s why the new issue of Stanford Business explores the theme of risk from a variety of perspectives. And it offers this gentle reminder that when taking a big risk, it can be useful to have a bit of a backup plan.

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Tristan Walker
December 15, 2014
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Tristan Walker: You Should Always Ask, “What If?”

The founder of health and beauty business Walker & Co. discusses appreciating life's difficulties and the value of authenticity.

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Surgeon's hands
November 15, 2014
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Stefanos Zenios: What Hospitals Around the World Can Learn From India

How a smart hospital used a simple approach to solve a big problem.

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Charles O'Reilly
December 5, 2014
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Charles O'Reilly: How to Be a Chief Culture Officer

Advice for managers on creating a culture of adaptability.

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Lee Soo Man: Taking Korean Pop Culture Global

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April 1, 2011
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Outsourcing May Hurt Fashion Manufacturers' Bottom Line

A study shows that fashion companies should combine trendy product designs with short production and distribution lead times.
April 1, 2011
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Removing Barriers for Clean Tech Energy Entrepreneurs

A Stanford GSB forum raises ideas to streamline permit processes and global supply chain challenges faced by fledgling clean energy firms.
March 18, 2011
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Larry Diamond: Democracy is Not Assured by Arab Uprisings

A scholar explains the complex, precarious, and often divergent paths to establishing a democratic government.
March 1, 2011
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Baba Shiv: Why Failure Drives Innovation

Research says how people approach failure can be key to their success.
March 1, 2011
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European High-Tech Startups Thrive, Says Skype Founder

Now head of his own venture capital firm, Niklas Zennström says the markets outside of the United States are big, and growing rapidly.
March 1, 2011
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John Paul DeJoria: Successful Entrepreneurs Must Survive "No"

The Paul Mitchell founder tells how he went from selling shampoo out of his car trunk to a hair care firm with $900 million in sales in 2010.
March 1, 2011
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Marcos Galperin: Growing Latin America’s Online Marketplace

The founder of MercadoLibre e-commerce, the eBay of Latin America, explains how to take a company from surviving to thriving.
March 1, 2011
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Novartis Executive Describes the Battle Against Malaria in Africa

A program using cell phones to get drugs to rural areas has helped lower deaths from malaria, said Silvio Gabriel in a Stanford GSB talk.
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Penny Pritzker Takes on the Public School System

The 2011 recipient of the Arbuckle Award says public education must prepare a workforce for tomorrow's needs.